DH | Workers continue to defend Corallo

Some Starz Casino employees on Tuesday, holding up signs and calling for Francesco Corallo’s immediate release | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–Workers of Atlantis Group of companies are still distraught about the six-month pre-trial detention of owner Francesco Corallo (56). Workers reached out to The Daily Herald on Thursday to express their disbelief that Corallo is being treated like a murder suspect.

Francine Gonzales has been working with Corallo for 13 years and said the extradition process is taking forever and Corallo has to sit in a cell while Italy and St. Maarten try to get their “stuff” together. “From what I understand from lawyers, taxes that he owed were paid, yet they are rushing to get him to Italy. Something is strange about this case,” Gonzales said.

“Corallo has been an upstanding businessman for over 30 years and this looks more of a witch hunt than justice. He has contributed to the development of St. Maarten and has always been a good cooperate citizen. The only crime that Mr. Corallo is guilty of is being too nice,” said Frances Hernandez, who works in real estate with Corallo.

The workers also said Corallo is being painted as if he broke laws in St. Maarten. He was arrested in the early morning in December and put away in a cell.

One of the workers said a good example of injustice is that of the extradition request for former police officer Gregory Rogelio Koeiman, who was recently extradited to the United States (US) to face drug-related charges. The authorities in the US requested Koeiman’s arrest in September 2013. He was arrested in Curaçao one month later, after which the US requested his extradition. Four years and several court cases later, Koeiman was extradited to the US on February 15, 2017.

The Atlantis group workers believe the back-and-forth of court cases will continue, and Koeiman did not spend as much time as Corallo behind bars awaiting extradition.

“Mr. Corallo employs close to 400 workers. He can be allowed out of jail and give up his passport, identification, car, driver’s licence, whatever documents they want. He has made St. Maarten his home and he does have a Dutch passport. We need to protect our citizens from corruption from the outside world,” said Gonzales on Wednesday evening.

Lawyers requested conditional release and electronic monitoring for Corallo on Tuesday during the continuation of his extradition hearing while he awaits the Court’s decision on the extradition request from Italy. He can be released any day now if the Court can substantiate the feasibility of an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet.

The general sentiment among all workers is to inform the population that Corallo should be treated as a human and not an animal that deserves to be locked up in a cage.

“After all, there has not yet been a trial in St. Maarten or in Italy. Let’s all remember that you are innocent until proven otherwise,” stated workers on Thursday.

Bron: Daily Herald

5 Reacties op “DH | Workers continue to defend Corallo

  1. Te begrijpen, triest is het wel ntuurlijk dat je baan van zo’n crimineel ervan moet afhangen.

  2. ach, je baan hangt er van af, dus het protest is te begrijpen.
    Als corallo uitgewezen wordt, gaat het bedrijf (de casino”s) gewoon door…
    dat denk ik ..op een of andere manier komt er wel iemand op de zaken passen.
    of over te nemen..

  3. Geregisseerde protest net als die invallen van MEO, het zijn allemaal illegalen en profiteurs die geen respect en liefde hebben voor onze staatsrecht.

    Straks maken ze Corallo de koning en of president van Sint Maarten daarna Sint Eustachius en daarna Curaçao, zo gat het maar verder met Aruba en Saba en Bonaire.

    Wij zullen nooit een Engelssprekende (of Italiaans) eilandengroep worden.

  4. Abraham Mossel

    Ongelooflijk dat er toch elkekeer weer mensen (stakkers) zijn te vinden, die zich voor het karretje van Peppie&Kokkie laten spannen. Dit soort actie’s werken avenrechts. Ik kijk er niet van op als er aankomende week op 13 en 14 july ook weer een stelletje mongolen staan te schreeuwen voor het gerecht gebouw dat Gerrit de Raaf (dief) en zij Byside onschuldig zijn, en dat het allemaal de schuld is van Nederland de macamba. pretige week toegewenst Gertje??

  5. Dat is niet “defend” , maar hooguit “support”

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